Minutes of March 29, 2006 Meeting


	The meeting convened at 10:33 a.m. in room 817, Cathedral of 
Learning.

	UPBC members present were: Diana Browning, Stephen Carr, Jerome 
Cochran, Richard Colwell, David DeJong, Christine Dollaghan, Irene Frieze, 
Susan Kinsey, Patricia Kroboth, Ronald Larsen, James Maher, Angela Peskie, 
Arthur Ramicone, Susan Sereika, Stephen Wisniewski, and Thomas Wolf.  Also 
present were: Jeffrey Liebmann.
	UPBC members not present were: James Alexander, Livingston 
Alexander, Shirley Cassing, Carol Hodgkiss, Rakshiet Jain, Arthur Levine, 
Maureen McClure, Joseph Pasqualichio, and Michael Stuckart.

Presentation of Health Insurance Rate Review

	Cochran presented the proposed health insurance rate schedule for 
FY 2007.  He explained that the proposal incorporates two major changes, 
including a one-time $100 co-pay per hospital  admission, and the 
elimination of the specialist referral (with the co-pay set at $20 for all 
specialist visits).  The proposed changes to the plan result in total 
savings to the University and employees of $525,000.  Maintaining the 
existing split of premiums between employees and the University, the total 
increase in costs for FY 2007 is estimated at $4.6 million for the 
University and $1.44 million for employees.

	Cochran distributed a chart of proposed costs by plan and type of 
coverage.  Premium increases range from 6.8% to 8.3% and result in monthly 
premium increases of $3 to $19.  Colwell expressed concern that the 
proposed $100 co-pay per hospital admission was contrary to developing a 
philosophy of wellness.  Members discussed plans for future 
fitness/wellness programming and efforts to help employees make more 
appropriate use of medications.  Additional discussion centered around the 
University's reserve  against a potential spike in usage.  Ramicone 
indicated that the current reserve is adequate and that no additional 
contribution was needed in FY 2007.

	Kroboth moved to accept the proposed medical insurance rate 
increases for FY 2007.  Dollaghan seconded.  The motion was approved 
unanimously.

	The meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m.